- Name: Clifton Farms
- Location: Dickson TN
- Facebook page: Clifton Farms
Ray and Jean Clifton were both born in Dickson County and left to pursue their careers before returning home to 16 acres on Jean’s parent’s farm on Southerland Road. They both felt it was right to be a part of the Mt. Lebanon and Rock Church Communities, places Jean’s family have lived since the mid 1800’s. Ray and Jean became involved in the Dickson County Farmer’s Market by accident in 2006 when they grew more beans and tomatoes than their family and neighbors could eat. They started selling their excess crops at the Farmer’s Market and three weeks later, Clifton Farms was born.
The 2016 season will be their tenth year to participate in the market, growing from a 50’x50′ garden plot in 2006 to cultivating four acres, two high tunnels and a small apiary (honey bees). With over seventy varieties of vegetables, herbs, berries, honey and sorghum; you are sure to find the produce you’re looking for at Clifton Farms.
Jean shares that color and variety are important to Clifton Farms, on any given day you may find red-tipped lettuce, yellow and purple tomatoes, white eggplants and yellow peppers in their Farmer’s Market display. Clifton Farms sorghum and honey sell out each season and their honey won the best in show at the 2013 Dickson County Fair.
Ray is always looking for new products to grow and sell and is willing to embrace more efficient row crop farming techniques. The addition of the apiary in 2008 not only produced award winning honey, but helps with crop pollination. In 2010, the addition of the first high tunnel allowed Clifton Farms to harvest produce three weeks earlier than normal and continue harvesting until Thanksgiving. In 2011, sorghum was added to the Clifton Farms family of products. Solar powered drip irrigation was next in 2012 and in 2013 Clifton Farms began growing on plastic. It’s no surprise that 2014 has brought even more changes, the addition of a second high tunnel house and Chandler strawberries